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Old 10-19-2021, 07:32 PM   #1
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2011 Chevy Express Thomas Roof Raise

Just wanted to share our roof raise! 12" roof raise on our 2011 Chevy Express 4500.

Below the window raise along with raising the doorway so I don't hit my head every time I leave the bus I have a few square tubes welded in the hat channels but I also currently have some hat channels being made that will be welded into place. Ignore the fender dents, they'll be addressed once I go to paint.

I am working on a video that I'll post whenever I'm finished with the raise.


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Old 10-20-2021, 10:51 PM   #2
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Outstanding!!!
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Old 10-28-2021, 09:29 PM   #3
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Latest update: Got one side skinned up and also filled in the door gap (since we opted to raise the doorway). It's not perfect but I'm really happy with the results!

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Old 11-02-2021, 09:53 AM   #4
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Otherside has been skinned. Waiting on steel for the front and rear. Have a few holes that need to be welded shut, prep for paint, and then spray epoxy primer.

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Old 11-19-2021, 11:22 AM   #5
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A couple more updates:
All sides have been paneled up and working on the rear door!





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Old 11-19-2021, 11:44 AM   #6
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I don't see these all to often on the short buses, Excellent job!

If we ever get a new bus, I think I would like to try a raise. Or maybe just find a taller bus
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Old 11-19-2021, 11:49 AM   #7
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I don't see these all to often on the short buses, Excellent job!

If we ever get a new bus, I think I would like to try a raise. Or maybe just find a taller bus
Thanks! One of my requirements was to have towing capacity to tow my car to the track. This has the 6.6L Duramax diesel and 14k gvwr. Unfortunately there weren't too many short bus's that fit that requirement so I couldn't be too picky when it came to height. I wanted head space and lots of insulation;Thus the roof raise!

But I'm going to have to wait until Spring to paint
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